Peter Maxwell Davies amazing monodrama “8 Songs for a Mad King” brought together avant-garde music, Expressionist drama, and political commentary in one powerful vehicle–precisely what any San Diego International Fringe Festival contribution should do!
The Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra’s final 2017 concert, Saturday, June 24, included a certain amount of humor: Haydn’s notorious “Farewell” Symphony and Alfred Schnittke’s quirky “Moz-Art” à la Haydn” . . .
I saw Cirque du Soleil early on, before it got over-produced and Vegas-glitzy, and it was magical; it wasn’t just about gasp-worthy circus skills, there was a sense of tapping into the collective unconscious. Lighthouse Circus Theatre delivers that kind of thrill in “Incandescent,” my first San Diego Fringe “Find.”
The Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra under Michael Francis with Augustin Hadelich at the Balboa Theater
In a chamber music concert, members of the Mainly Mozart Festival orchestra gave vivid, yet immaculately focused performances of Beethoven and Mozart on Friday (June 23) at the Auditorium at TSRI in La Jolla . . .
As could be expected for a late Thursday afternoon, the 2017 San Diego International Fringe Festival didn’t start with a large attendance. Several shows had less than five audience members, which is something that I’ve rarely experienced at any theatrical event.